ISBN-10:
0262633558
ISBN-13:
9780262633550
Pub. Date:
08/24/2007
Publisher:
MIT Press
Technology as Experience

Technology as Experience

by John McCarthy, Peter Wright

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Overview

In Technology as Experience , John McCarthy and Peter Wright argue that any account of what is often called the user experience must take into consideration the emotional, intellectual, and sensual aspects of our interactions with technology. We don't just use technology, they point out; we live with it. They offer a new approach to understanding human-computer interaction through examining the felt experience of technology. Drawing on the pragmatism of such philosophers as John Dewey and Mikhail Bakhtin, they provide a framework for a clearer analysis of technology as experience.

Just as Dewey, in Art as Experience , argued that art is part of everyday lived experience and not isolated in a museum, McCarthy and Wright show how technology is deeply embedded in everyday life. The "zestful integration" or transcendent nature of the aesthetic experience, they say, is a model of what human experience with technology might become.

McCarthy and Wright illustrate their theoretical framework with real-world examples that range from online shopping to ambulance dispatch. Their approach to understanding human computer interaction—seeing it as creative, open, and relational, part of felt experience—is a measure of the fullness of technology's potential to be more than merely functional.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262633550
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/24/2007
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John McCarthy is Professor of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. McCarthy and Wright are the coauthors of Technology as Experience (MIT Press) and Experience-Centered Design .

Peter Wright is Professor of Social Computing at Newcastle University. Wright and McCarthy are the coauthors of Technology as Experience (MIT Press) and Experience-Centered Design .

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1Living with Technology1
2Going on from Practice23
3A Pragmatist Approach to Technology as Experience49
4The Threads of Experience79
5Making Sense of Experience105
6An Online Shopping Experience131
7A Pilot's Experiences with Procedures147
8Experiences of Ambulance Control161
9Technology as Experience183
References199
Index207

What People are Saying About This

Paul Dourish

Technology as Experience expertly explores the emotional and aesthetic dimensions of technological encounters, from the visceral aspects of subjective experience to the cultural embeddedness and meaning surrounding artifacts and our experience of them.

Gerd Waloszek

This book makes us aware that there is more to using technology, particularly software, than analyzing keystroke protocols or watching people at workand of the creativity and openness with which people use and experience technology.

Endorsement

Technology as Experience expertly explores the emotional and aesthetic dimensions of technological encounters, from the visceral aspects of subjective experience to the cultural embeddedness and meaning surrounding artifacts and our experience of them.

Paul Dourish, School of Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine

From the Publisher

This book makes us aware that there is more to using technology, particularly software, than analyzing keystroke protocols or watching people at workand of the creativity and openness with which people use and experience technology.

Gerd Waloszek , SAP Design Guild, SAP. com

Technology as Experience expertly explores the emotional and aesthetic dimensions of technological encounters, from the visceral aspects of subjective experience to the cultural embeddedness and meaning surrounding artifacts and our experience of them.

Paul Dourish , School of Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine

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